Minister’s Column

Love Calls Us On

Here it is, the second week of April, and it’s snowing! Not much. Just enough to remind us that, no matter how much we think we are prepared for what comes next, we probably aren’t quite.


Passover finished just a few days ago, and Jews are … read more.

Justice, Justice You Shall Pursue!

The words of this title are biblical, direct from what is ultimate to a people whose identity emerges through a struggle to put the broken pieces of the world together in an emerging wholeness. While not all Unitarian Universalists feel any connection to the Torah, … read more.

Unity Prayer

given by the Rev. Paul Oakley
at the Unity Prayer Breakfast of the Staunton Branch NAACP
St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Staunton, Virginia
9:00 AM, Saturday, February 10, 2018



God who made us one and calls us to be one,
God who … read more.

Living into the Promise

This Sunday, February 4, we will be taking a special collection for Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism in a service that the president and board of the Unitarian Universalist Association have asked all our congregations to participate in. They call the service “The Promise and … read more.

On Jared Kushner, Online Ordination, and Us UUs

Some of you may have heard a report that First Son-in-Law Jared Kushner claimed to have been ordained online as a Unitarian minister. Some Unitarian Universalists have thought it was quite funny while others have been angry that he made such a claim – the … read more.

The Angels’ Charge to Humanity

So here we are. As I write, this year’s final lighting of the chanukiah, the Chanukah menorah, is tomorrow at sunset. The Winter Solstice falls at 11:28 AM, three days away on Thursday. And one week away, next Monday, Christmas comes. My hope for you … read more.

Regarding the KKK Recruitment Flyers in Waynesboro

a statement by the Rev. Paul Oakley
Waynesboro, Virginia, City Council Meeting
Council Chambers in the Charles T. Yancey Municipal Building
7:00 PM, Monday, November 27, 2017



Mr. Mayor and City Council members,


I am the Reverend Paul … read more.

What Must We Do to Save the World?

In the Winter 2017 issue of UU World magazine, there is an article that asks six Unitarian Universalist leaders four questions relating to whether you have to be an activist to be a Unitarian Universalist. I encourage you to read it.

My friend the Rev. Robin … read more.

Update from Your Board and Minister

Dear Members and Friends of the UUFW:


On Friday, Sgt. Brian Edwards of the Waynesboro police identified our disruptive visitor from last Sunday, and indicated that he knew him. Sgt. Edwards visited Will at his apartment. Will acknowledged to Sgt. Edwards that he’d been drinking and … read more.